The stock market has seen plunges consistently for the last couple of years. The job market is slowly seaming itself together, which makes people afraid to invest in the market. Most people's income has downsized or remained the same in 2014, so most people don't actually have the money to invest. Businesses are also in fear because the US is unstable as of 2014. All of these attributes make a great hypothesis that 2014 will be the worst year for the stock market.
Looking back over the last seven to eight years, and then looking at the Stock Market in 2014, it is highly improbable that this year will be the worst. If years like 2005 and 2008 are taken into account, and given new regulations placed on investors to prevent predatory lending, it's just not likely that an event will occur that will shake the market as the housing bubble did and if so, it won't be in 2014.
Just because there was a drop in stock prices, people are getting anxious and worried. Conspiracies have risen saying that everything on Wall Street is about to fall apart. No, this will not be the worst year. We have seen similar situations and if people keep their heads, the stock market will come out and I predict it will become a bear market before the end of the year.
Governments worldwide have made a concerted effort to plan an economic recovery plan to stabilise global markets after the recent recession. Financial reports for the early part of the year show that the economy is slowly picking up and so 2014 is actually looking like a very good year for the stock market and the year will finish on a high.